3 Reasons You Want a TRUBLUE on Your Modular Climbing Wall

A modular climbing wall is a climbing structure that is both fun to climb and easy to maintain, making them ideal for playgrounds, schools, resorts, entertainment centers, camps and fitness facilities. Join our sister company, Eldorado Climbing Walls, for a webinar they recently held for those considering a modular climbing wall for their facility:

Here are the top three reasons why incorporating a TRUBLUE Auto Belay system into your modular climbing facility will help you increase revenue while reducing costs and risk:


The most important reason to have an auto belay on your modular wall is to reduce human error. With a TRUBLUE, there’s no need for a human belayer. Our TRUBLUE auto belays are designed for climbers and engineered for effectiveness. Click here to see the International Safety Standards TRUBLUE meets.


An important reason to install auto belays on your modular wall is because it will maximize your ROI and functionality. On a modular wall the climber to staff ratio with an auto belay is much higher than with a manual belay, where you’ll need to staff each lane. With an auto belay, you only need enough staff to effectively supervise your wall – usually less than half of what you would need with human belayers on all lanes. Since you are able to reduce the number of people monitoring the climbing wall, you will cut down drastically on staffing costs. Check out this video to see how TRUBLUEs can improve your guest experience and operating costs, and download the Mid Air Adventures Case Study.



Having a TRUBLUE Auto Belay is great for any level of climber who wants to get in a good workout or just have a good time climbing. Training on the TRUBLUE is perfect because you don’t have to coordinate with a belay partner. You can climb on your own schedule! Here’s a great video from ABC Kids Climbing in Boulder, CO on how they use the TRUBLUE to train champions:


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Head Rush Sponsors Triangle Rock Club Expansion Grand Opening

We’d like to congratulate Triangle Rock Club – Morrisville on the debut of their epic expansion project. TRC-Morrisville’s Expansion’s grand opening event happened on Saturday, July 12th and Head Rush was proud to be one of the event sponsors! TRC added an additional 17,000 sq.ft of climbing terrain as well as increasing to an impressive 37 lanes that range from 40 to 54 feet. TRC has always been an innovative leader in the climbing community and now, with the opening of the expansion at TRC-Morrisville, they’ve really set the bar high with the following amenities to their climbing gym built by Eldorado Climbing Walls:


• A comprehensive training area with a systems wall, campus board and finger boards
• 5,700 square feet of 31 top-rope and lead lanes climbing up to 36 feet
• Over 9,000 square feet of roped climbing
• A 54 feet lead-only area that overhangs 20 feet
• A dedicated cardio studio + a brand new strength and conditioning area
• A group exercise studio for yoga and additional classes
• New bathrooms with showers and a special foot washing/foot drying station
• Hand Washing Station
• Ample Group Events space (including access to a projector and screen!)
• An outdoor deck overlooking our property – complete with a “MacDaddy Grill” and event space


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You’re very welcome TRC! Congrats on the grand opening. The expansion looks fantastic!

Triangle Rock Club has climbing lanes dedicated to TRUBLUE Auto Belays in both their Morrisville and North Raleigh locations. Congratulations TRC! It’s always a pleasure to work with you and we look forward to a continued partnership in the future.


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Climb with Confidence using the TRUBLUE Auto Belay

The latest user experience video from Head Rush Technologies shows how a pair of friends gain the confidence they need to conquer the climbing wall at their favorite climbing gym. Climb like a ninja in no time with TRUBLUE!

The TRUBLUE Auto Belay allows climbers of all levels to climb confidently. Whether it’s your first time on a climbing wall or you’re a seasoned climber using the TRUBLUE to reach your fitness and training goals, the TRUBLUE Auto Belay is the only auto belay specifically designed for the climbing industry. Auto belays are perfect for climbing gymscolleges and universitiescampsamusement and family entertainment centersrec centers, and more! Find a TRUBLUE near YOU! Follow us on Twitter | Like us on Facebook
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TRUBLUE Auto Belay at Climbing Wall Summit 2014

Another year, another awesome Climbing Wall Summit. After a whirlwind of events last week, we’re ready to share some of the highlights from the CWA 8th Annual Climbing Wall Summit held in Boulder, Colorado. Head Rush Technologies got to showcase the TRUBLUE Auto Belay in the impressive exhibition hall of CU-Boulder’s University Memorial Center.

TRUBLUE auto belay booth at Climbing Wall Summit

TRUBLUE auto belay booth at Climbing Wall Summit

Each year, the Climbing Wall Association (CWA) hosts an international conference, The Summit, right in our very own backyard in Boulder, Colorado. This past weekend more than four hundred industry professionals gathered in Boulder to attend the sixteen pre-conference workshops, more than thirty educational sessions and a sold-out exhibit hall featuring a variety of vendors. According to CWA, “The Climbing Wall Summit is the industry’s only professional development conference and provides industry members with the education, certification, networking, and inspiration to move the industry forward.  Attendees from across the globe include universities, rec centers, climbing gyms, military installations, vendors, and more.”

On Friday, May 16th, we were happy to take part in the luncheon for all CWS attendees that was sponsored by our sister company, Eldorado Climbing Walls at the CU-Boulder Rock Wall. We displayed our TRUBLUE Auto Belays on the climbing wall for the 300 people who joined us for lunch so they could get a closer look and an opportunity to ask questions. We had our belay gates up as well, which were a big topic of interest at The Summit. The Belay Gate not only encourages clipping in when a climber begins their ascent, but when laid flat on the ground after being unclipped, it also warns others that there is a climber above. Another highlight of the luncheon was celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Eldorado Climbing Walls with an awesome climbing wall themed cake complete with a TRUBLUE Auto Belay.

Climbers checking out the Boulder Rock Wall, TRUBLUE, and Belay Gate

Climbers checking out the Boulder Rock Wall, TRUBLUE, and Belay Gate

On Saturday we presented  How the TRUBLUE Auto Belay is the Latest Evolution in Climbing by Micah Salazar, Senior Sales Manager of Head Rush Technologies. It was a great session geared towards anyone that currently owns a climbing facility or is in the process of opening one and would like to add value to their gym.  Two popular topics of discussion were learning the value of our re-certification process as well as our no risk demo program (contact us to learn more).

Thanks to the Climbing Wall Association for organizing another successful Climbing Wall Summit. We can’t wait for next year!

Contact us to learn more about how the TRUBLUE Auto Belay can benefit your climbing facility by helping you increase revenue while reducing costs and risk. You can also find us on FacebookTwitter, and LinkedIn.

TRUBLUE Auto Belay on the 20th Anniversary cake for Eldorado Climbing Walls

TRUBLUE Auto Belay on the 20th Anniversary cake for Eldorado Climbing Walls

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Collegiate Climbing Comp Series underway

The First Annual TRUBLUE Collegiate Climbing Comp Series  is underway!  With three comps completed and five more to go, universities across the nation are getting the chance to see what it’s like to climb on a TRUBLUE auto belay system. So far the results have been outstanding! Brooke, one of the top competitors from Colorado Mountain College said, “It’s nice that I don’t have to wait on somebody else’s schedule if I want to come practice. I really like that. It’s just really convenient.” The three schools that have already competed are the University of South Dakota, Colorado Mountain College in Leadville, and University of West Florida in Pensacola. The Head Rush Tech team had a chance to travel to Leadville last week to support the school in their home state.

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Colorado Mountain College student climber

We will continue to update the Collegiate Climbing Hall of Fame with the top male and top female climbers from each school.  The next school to compete is the University of Minnesota Twin Cities.

Please click here to see the full list of participating schools. We’re encouraging students to take photos and videos throughout their journey and share them with us using the hashtag #eduTRUBLUE. Thanks to all of our generous sponsors: Eldorado Climbing Walls, Access Fund, evolv, Spark Shop, Sender Films, and Trango!

Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to see the updates and photos from the universities as they complete their comps!

Facebook.com/HeadRushTech | Twitter @HeadRushTech  Instagram @HeadRushTech

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Head Rush Tech Launches New Zip Line Brake

zipSTOP IR Internal Reduction Zip Line BrakeHead Rush Technologies announces the launch of the zipSTOP IR Zip Line Brake.  The zipSTOP IR is a more streamlined version of the company’s popular zip line brake, the zipSTOP. The “IR” stands for internal reduction, meaning that the device does not require an external reduction line system. This device can accommodate speeds up to 37 mph (60 kph) without the need for a reduction line system, making installation easier.  The price of the zipSTOP IR is $4,900 and orders can be placed at store.headrushtech.com.  The company will begin shipping the devices in May 2014.

“We are excited to provide this new option for zip line builders and operators,” said Candie Fisher, CEO of Head Rush Technologies.  “Our zipSTOP Zip Line Brake has been very well received as the leading commercial zip line brake in the industry.  We are happy to provide a more streamlined option to simplify installation and operation.”

Like the zipSTOP, the zipSTOP IR uses eddy current magnetic braking to offer zip line operators consistent and smooth braking with automatic reset.  The zipSTOP greatly reduces the risk of human error for zip line operators and provides an improved customer experience.

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Collegiate Climbing Comp Series Kicks Off in South Dakota

trublue-collegiateclimbingcomp2TRUBLUE Auto Belays, manufactured by Head Rush Technologies, is excited to announce the start of the First Annual TRUBLUE Collegiate Climbing Comp Series. The first event takes place tomorrow as the University of South Dakota, where students will compete on TRUBLUE Auto Belays to win the coveted rank of Top Male and Top Female Climber. The winners will walk away with a GoLite Day Pack full of prizes donated by Head Rush Technologies, maker of the TRUBLUE, and other sponsors.

The idea for the comp series came after a decision from Head Rush Technologies, maker of the TRUBLUE Auto Belay, to become more actively involved in the community this new year. Starting with hosting a workshop at the Association for Challenge Course Technology, the TRUBLUE Climbing Comp Series is one of several events planned for 2014 that will get the company actively out in the community educating others about their equipment and meeting their end-users face-to-face. The comp series is a great way to get climbing communities together from all over the country to celebrate the love of their sport and partake in friendly competition for a day.

The series will consist of eight schools from all over the country, and is sponsored by major industry players Evolv, Sender One, SparkShop, Trango, Eldorado Climbing Walls, and the Access Fund. Each sponsor has donated items for the winners’ prize packs and items to raffle and giveaway during the events.

Says Tim Downey, the Student Coordinator of Fitness and Recreation for BelmontUniversity, “We are thrilled to participate in the first CU Rec Center Low Res 017TRUBLUE annual collegiate comp. The amount of work that has been put into planning this will ensure an incredible event and will engage the Belmont climbing community at a whole new level.”

The comps will require that climbers compete using the TRUBLUE Auto Belay instead of a human belayer, and each location will receive several free 90 day TRUBLUE demos for their students to use the entire semester and during the comp.

“The TRUBLUE is a great tool for competitions,” says Dan Brennan, Director of Sales and Distribution for Head Rush Technologies. “The TRUBLUE is the ultimate test for climbers. There’s no take – there’s no assistance from a belayer. Your success truly depends 100% on you, your strength, and your skills. It really sets apart the elite climbers in a competition.”

The schedule of comp dates is as follows:


School Location Date of Comp
University of South Dakota Vermillion, SD


ColoradoMountainCollege Leadville, CO


University of WestFlorida Pensacola, FL


University of Minnesota Twin Cities Minneapolis, MN


BelmontCollege Nashville, TN


The University of Texas at Dallas Richardson, TX


LouisianaTechUniversity Ruston, LA


MansfieldUniversity Mansfield, PA



To follow the TRUBLUE Collegiate Comp Series, find Head Rush Technologies on Facebook and Twitter, or visit the TRUBLUE Auto Belay website at www.autobelay.com

Thank you to our generous sponsors:

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TRUBLUE Auto Belays Supports Access Fund

Access-Fund-LogoTRUBLUE Auto Belays is proud to announce their support of the Access Fund, an organization that keeps U.S. climbing areas open and conserves the climbing environment. TRUBLUE Auto Belays, along with its sister company Eldorado Climbing Walls, is a Major Sponsor of the access fund and supports its mission and vision for the climbing community.

The Access Fund represents over 2.3 million climbers nationwide in rock climbing, ice climbing, mountaineering, and bouldering. They consist of six core programs which support their mission and vision on both national and local levels:

  • Climbing management and policy
  • Local support and mobilization
  • Stewardship and conservation
  • Land acquisition and protection
  • Risk management and landowners support
  • Education

To read more about the community that protects America’s climbing and to learn about the benefits of membership, visit the Access Fund website.

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Host Schools Chosen for TRUBLUE Collegiate Climbing Comp

trublue-collegiateclimbingcomp2TRUBLUE Auto Belays, manufactured by Head Rush Technologies, has announced the nine host locations for the First Annual TRUBLUE Collegiate Climbing Comp. The Series will take place between mid-February and the end of March, and the participating schools will be:

  1. Louisiana Tech University – Ruston, LA
  2. Mansfield University – Mansfield, PA
  3. University of Minnesota Twin Cities – Minneapolis, MN
  4. Colorado Mountain College – Leadville, CO
  5. University of South Dakota – Vermillion, SD
  6. The University of Texas at Dallas – Richardson, TX
  7. Belmont College – Nashville, TN
  8. University of West Florida – Pensacola, FL
  9. Trinity College – Hartford, CT

With such an enthusiastic turnout, TRUBLUE plans on making the Collegiate Comp Series an annual event, and expects the series to grow every year.

Each location will be receiving a 90 day extended TRUBLUE demo as well as prize packs for the top male and top female competitors. Prize packs have been provided by Head Rush Technologies, with supplemental prizes donated by various sponsors.

To inquire about sponsorship opportunities, please email Megan Barros at [email protected], and follow us on our blog, Facebook, and Twitter to stay up to date on the results of the TRUBLUE Collegiate Comp Series.

Thank you to our generous sponsors:

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Reach Your Resolutions with Reach Your Peak

1098533_10151499390461512_1398135037_nRecently Eldorado Climbing Walls wrote an article titled The Top Three New Years Resolutions that will Increase Revenue for your Indoor Climbing Wall Business and one of their suggestions was to increase the quantity and quality of your programming offerings. Confused about where to start? Look no further than the TRUBLUE Reach Your Peak Training Program.

The Reach Your Peak Program is an eight-week training program that utilizes the TRUBLUE Auto Belay as an essential tool for climbers to improve their skills and reach their personal fitness goals. The program can be adapted for use with climbers of any ability, and is available for free download at reachyourpeak.autobelay.com.

The Reach Your Peak website details all the great benefits to participants, but what’s really important to your gym is that it provides a great programming option that will increase membership sales and participation at your facility.

Because the training is done entirely on TRUBLUE Auto Belays, it allows your class size to be as large as the number of TRUBLUEs you own. The case study group that is followed on the Reach Your Peak website consisted of 8 climbers, ranging from never-evers to well-seasoned athletes. Even with such a large number of people and such a variety of skill levels, the group only needed one instructor to guide them. The TRUBLUE Auto Belays allowed all 8 climbers to be on the wall at the same time, and freed up the instructor to move throughout the group doling out individual training tips.

At the end of this program, the climbers who were well seasoned experts found themselves at the gym more often during the week, and those who were beginners were committing to memberships. At the cost of only one instructor’s time, 8 climbers improved their technique and became loyal members in just eight weeks.

To learn more about the program and how to implement it into your gym’s offerings, visit reachyourpeak.autobelay.com.

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